Health

Foster family’s help for Destiny

A Pinchbeck family whose 19-month-old daughter was recently diagnosed with leukaemia have received a much needed boost thanks to a foster family’s charity walk. Kaylee and Luke Portor say they knew something was seriously wrong straight after daughter Destiny’s birth, but only received the partial diagnosis three weeks ago. Health officials have said they believe Destiny has other conditions, so ...

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Cost of COVID-19 to health group is revealed

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost Lincolnshire’s county Care Commissioning Group £38.2m to the end of January. A report to the board of the group (CCG) outlines the cost in terms of finance, and the impact on other services across the county. “Lincolnshire has continued to experience a high number of positive cases as a county over the last month; however ...

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‘Excellent progress’ made on vaccinations in Lincolnshire as next stage begins

The first round of vaccinations for over 70s in Lincolnshire has been completed with the over 65s and those with underlying health conditions now being called for them. Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group say they’re making “excellent progress” after offering the first dose of a vaccine to everyone in the first four identified groups. A CCG spokesperson said: “We are making ...

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Ambulance driver Emilie’s thanks for those who saved her life and supported her COVID-19 battle

An ambulance driver who nearly died from COVID-19 has thanked those who saved her life and members of the public who helped raise thousands of pounds for her. Emilie Sanderson is now back at home and continuing her recovery after her family and partner Simon were told to expect the worst on Christmas Eve. After contracting the virus in November, ...

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‘Hugely positive news’ as hospital is set to reopen as Urgent Treatment Centre in April

Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is set to get an upgrade and become an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) when it reopens to walk-in patients in April. The site and the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) was closed to walk-in patients in March with the onset of the first lockdown and has remained that way since, despite other community hospitals re-opening. But last week ...

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Family’s vaccine boost

A South Holland family believe they could be the most vaccinated family in the country after they were called to have their COVID-19 vaccines on the same day. Wendy Rate and her daughter Zoe, who work at West Elloe pharmacy in Spalding, were called to go for the first round of the vaccine at Springfields on Friday, January 22. And ...

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Call for vaccine sites in Long Sutton area

A roving COVID-19 vaccine centre may be needed to ensure a site is within ten miles of the Long Sutton area. District and county councillor Chris Brewis has been campaigning for a place so the likes of that town, Sutton Bridge and Crowland can access the jab closer to home. It follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying the government was ...

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Health bosses delighted as ‘around 60 per cent’ of Lincolnshire care home residents and over 80s have received vaccine doses

Lincolnshire health bosses have said they’re ‘delighted’ with the vaccine roll out in the county after it was revealed nearly 50,000 have received doses so far. Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group say that around 60 per cent of care home residents and people aged over 80 have received vaccinations. The government is now announcing daily and weekly updates on the number ...

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More details of Spalding vaccine site revealed

Images of the COVID-19 vaccination site at Springfields Events Centre have been published alongside details of how it will be operated. The hub is one of the main vaccine sites for south Lincolnshire and is due to go live in the next two days. The images inside have been published on social media by the Bourne Gatley Medical Practice. The ...

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Facemask plea after ambulance driver daughter’s virus battle

The father of a 42-year-old ambulance driver who nearly died after contracting COVID-19 has urged others to wear a facemask where possible after the ‘worst weeks’ of his and his daughter’s life. On Christmas Eve the family of Emilie Sanderson, from Moulton Chapel, including partner Simon, were told to prepare for the worst after the keen equestrian was hospitalised with ...

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Appeal for Kenzie (12) who’s lost the ability to stand up and walk

An appeal has been set up to help a Crowland 12-year-old regain some of his independence after he was left unable to stand or walk just before Christmas. McKenzie Goldsmith, known as Kenzie, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy seven years ago, a genetic condition which means his muscles are weakening as he gets older. But in the run up ...

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Freemasons’ boost for hospital

Long Sutton-based Freemasons have donated thousands of pounds to a hospital breast cancer unit. The Alexandra Lodge (985) have donated £2,800 to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. The donation will go toward QEH’s Breast Cancer Unit development charitable fund following the fantastic care given to a close friend of Brother Dean Bowd, The Most Worshipful Master at Alexandra ...

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Springfields confirmed as COVID-19 vaccine site as local GPs also ready to start jabs

Springfields has been confirmed as a new COVID-19 vaccine site as a number of local GP surgeries have also detailed they’re set to start vaccinating. Springfields has been confirmed alongside five new centres to provide the vaccine ‘by the end of this week’. It is the first venue in South Holland to be announced. An NHS spokesman said: “The launch ...

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Survey on ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order

A health group is looking to speak to people who have had or know someone who has had a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order placed on them or reviewed during the current pandemic. HW Lincs has teamed up with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to undertake a survey for people who have had or known someone who had a Do Not Attempt ...

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Reports Spalding vaccine site will be set up at Springfields

The NHS have said Lincolnshire ‘will have full geographical coverage for its registered population’ for the COVID-19 vaccine amid reports an administering site will be set up at Springfields in Spalding. After there were no South Holland sites in the initial list of primary care roll outs of the Astra Zeneca/Oxford vaccine The Voice has been contacted by members of ...

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No South Holland sites on initial list of those giving out COVID-19 vaccine

A list of sites where the COVID-19 vaccine is being delivered has been published – but there’s currently none in South Holland. Alongside the already announced vaccination sights at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and County Hospital in Lincolnshire, the first places to offer the vaccine in the county according to NHS England are St Mary’s Medical Centre in Stamford, The ...

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Council leaders’ concerns over lack of transparency for vaccine roll out plans

Local council leaders are continuing to call for greater transparency over the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Lincolnshire. Leader of South Holland District Council, Lord Gary Porter last night (Wednesday) apologised to district residents as he’d not been able to find out more information about NHS plans. And this morning the leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Martin ...

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Warning over fake NHS COVID-19 vaccination texts

Lincolnshire Police have warned the public about a scam in which fraudsters contact potential victims saying they’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Clicking on the texts or emails leads to what looks like an official link. A Lincolnshire Police, spokesman, said: “The scam message reads “We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine” which prompts you ...

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Calls to get vaccine rolled out into district

COVID-19 vaccines will start to be rolled out in GP surgeries in Lincolnshire by the end of this week The Voice has been told – but the leader of South Holland District Council doubts it will happen that soon. Lord Gary Porter says he’s been frustrated by the lack of information over vaccine availability which comes as residents were plunged ...

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Recognition for fantastic care home staff

Staff at four local nursing homes have been given special awards to mark their support. Country Court, which runs four local home, has recognised the carers through their internal awards Winners at Ashwood Care and Nursing Home in Spalding Common were receptionist Hilda Villarete, senior carer Anca Toderas and Care assistant Louise Norman. A family member who nominated Hilda said ...

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